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Qinghuangdao Police Department
Mayor of Qinghuangdao, Zhu Haowen
Qinghuangdao Public Security Bureau Director, Zhang Yusheng
I am writing on behalf of Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong-headquartered non-government organisation dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of all animals across Asia.
We have received information with regards the implementation of dog-raising regulations within your city. Our information suggests dogs over 35cm high and dogs classed as dangerous will soon be confiscated and killed by the police. We also hear that dogs are currently restricted to going outside between 9pm and 6am.
We understand and appreciate the concerns of the city government with regard to disease control, public sanitation and other problems related to dog-raising. We appeal to the Qinghuangdao government to take more effective and proactive measures to establish a society in which people and animals can live in harmony, and we appeal to you not to kill any dogs that do not meet these regulations as they are people’s beloved pets.
If you are planning on implementing the current regulations we ask you to exercise leniency and allow owners with non-registered dogs, and dogs taller than 35cm a time period to have their dogs registered or to move their dogs out of the restricted areas. We appeal to you not to confiscate and kill these innocent dogs. Removing dogs will incur additional costs for the government and will create a negative image of your city in the eyes of the local population.
If dogs have to be removed or non-owned dogs are collected on the streets, we appeal to you to ensure high animal-welfare standards are met and recommend dogs are taken to rehoming facilities and the appropriate resources provided to care for these dogs and place them in suitable new homes where possible.
We also appeal to you to adopt humane dog-management regulations to help to improve the living environment for both people and dogs and would like to offer support for the implementation of new regulations and for education initiatives to encourage responsible dog ownership in Qinghuangdao City.
We appeal for you to remove regulations restricting dogs by size from your current dog-raising legislation. Many large dog breeds are not known to be aggressive; therefore height bans are not an effective way to manage dog behavioural issues. We recommend implementing restrictions on owners with dogs that have shown aggressive behaviours (for instance, such dogs could be muzzled and on a lead in public places), and responsible dog-ownership schemes to encourage appropriate dog-training and socialisation. Incidences of dogs becoming aggressive are often caused by inappropriate and irresponsible dog owners and not solely by the breed or the size of the dog.
We recommend the removal of the current regulation which forbids dogs to be outdoors from 6am-9pm. If this regulation cannot be removed, we recommend an extension of the time period to allow dog-owners to walk their dogs during normal sociable hours. This will allow owners to care for their dogs needs and reduce incidences of nuisance barking due to them being kept indoors or chained in yards. This will be beneficial for the behaviour of the dogs, the health of the dogs and the health of the dog-owners.
Animals Asia is ready to offer expertise and practical resources to help you and animal protection groups in Qinghuangdao provide information on the appropriate care of pet dogs and the problem of dog-overpopulation and disease-control. We would also be prepared to set up a task-force with the aim of sharing information on internationally accepted methods of humane dog-population management, dog registration, sterilisation and vaccination.
Animals Asia recommends you work in partnership with the local veterinary community, local animal-welfare organisations, the local population (both dog-owners and non-owners), and international NGOs to introduce humane dog-management regulations. By adopting the recommendations attached, Qinghuangdao City will be leading the way in China and will become an example for other cities to follow.
Animals Asia would like to work alongside Qinghuangdao City to help you to become the national leader with regards such policies.